Cristina Fernandez, Argentina's Former President, Indicted On Corruption Charges

Cristina Fernandez
Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gives a speech at the Courts on Comodoro Py after testifying before Judge Claudio Bonadio in the dollar futures probe on April 13, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Getty Images

Violence, corruption and sexual abuse has been a huge problem within Latin America. As unfortunate news continue to dominate the headlines, all eyes are on Argentina as another politician has been indicted on corruption charges.

According to FOX News Latino, a federal judge approved charges against Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez in connection with a corruption case that allegedly benefited a family friend during her and her late husband’s combined 12 years in office.

The site reports that Fernandez was indicted Tuesday and will be processed for allegedly steering public contracts to millionaire businessman Lazaro Baez, who is currently being tried in an embezzling and money laundering case.

Investigations began after  a 2013 journalistic investigation named Baez as Fernandez's figurehead in an elaborate scheme. The news report said Baez used his companies to launder money for her and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. Prosecutors then looked into the financial transactions at several top hotels owned by the Kirchner family in the southern province of Santa Cruz, where Fernandez has been living since she stepped down from office. Their discovery led them to finding enough evidence to bring charges against Fernandez.

Fernandez has always dismissed the accusations as lies, saying they are politically motivated. Despite her denial,  the new administration has promised to crack down on the corruption that has long plagued Argentina. And now, she is paying the price.

Fernandez's legal team has yet to respond to the indictment but prosecutors are expected to carry out this case for a conviction.

 

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